AP1SB1-Introduction to Management

Module Provider: Agriculture
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn and Spring (Double presentation)
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Mr Georgios Gadanakis

Email: g.gadanakis@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module provides a comprehensive introduction to management. Through the lectures students will learn techniques to inspire teamwork in an organisation context, learn the importance of strategic management design to achieve organisations goals and understand the roles of the manager and the responsibilities this carries. Furthermore, will enable students to discover leadership skills that will enable them to motivate and guide a team towards the achievement of an organisation’s objectives.

Please note - that the module runs twice - in the Autumn and Spring terms. You should not be enrolled in both and can only attend either in the Autumn or in the Spring term.

To develop students’ broad understanding of the economic, technological and social aspects of management, in the context of how different business operate. Students will be introduced to the environment of management, the management process, and techniques available to and used by managers to plan and operate as a business.

Assessable learning outcomes:
At the end of the module you should have developed the following management and core skills:
Management skills:

  • The management process – appreciate the relevance of basic business concepts (planning, organising, leadership and control), establish and compare alternative business objectives, understand how and why businesses plan and make decisions, apply the concepts of control, recognise the value of leadership and human resource management, and understand differences in organisational structures and behaviour.
  • Marketing – describe the functions of marketing management and its role in business management

Core skills:
• Report writing – developing both presentational and analytical skills
• Interaction with other students– developing team work and communication skills
• Interpersonal skills – developing skills in purposive questioning

Additional outcomes:

  • Analytical thinking – developing numeracy, literacy, reasoning and appraisal skills

Outline content:
Topics covered will include the following:

  • Introduction to management and the management process
  • The managers’ wider environment
  • Planning, setting objectives, and decision making
  • Strategic management
  • Organising, organisational structures and behaviour
  • Human resource management
  • Leadership and functions of leadership
  • Business control and financial management
  • Marketing management

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

  • Preparatory lectures – introducing key business concepts and basic techniques
  • Exercises – a series of in class exercises focusing on the students’ characteristics, personalities and business acumen
  • Directed learning – reflecting on your experiences, use will also be made of appropriate websites

Lectures will include a series of exercises and discussion to reinforce and apply what has been learned. Students will be expected to present their thoughts on selected aspects of the module.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20 20
Seminars 10 10
Guided independent study 70 70
Total hours by term 100.00 100.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Report 50
Class test administered by School 50

Other information on summative assessment:
Students are expected to produce a written report based on case studies linked to the programme that each student is attending (50%). To facilitate the case study work students are required to complete short answer questions (reflective practice) at the end of each lecture.

Two on-line (Blackboard) sets of questions/exercises that are based on Management Theory and Practice (25% each). The sets of questions will need to be completed in a strictly defined window of time. Unless the test is completed within the predetermined window a mark of zero will apply.

Formative assessment methods:
At the beginning of the autumn term students will be asked to install to their Android/Windows/iOS devises the “Socrative” student app. This is used for in class quizzes, open questions, group competitions and instant feedback. The app enables the user to present graphs and instant reports. This will enable further understanding and also will allow the instructor to evaluate and assess learning techniques and methods. The app also facilitates the case study work by enabling students to complete short answer questions online and receive instant feedback by the module convener.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall.

    Reassessment arrangements:
    By two hour examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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